Bulgarian stock breeders will receive government funding in support of 5-year voluntary commitments on humane treatment of poultry and animals. The subsidies will be disbursed annually and will cover additional expenses or missed income resulting from the commitments.
Poultry farmers will be subsidized for implementing one or more of the following three measures: using fodder with a Deoxynivalenol content of up to 2,5 mg/kg; ensuring optimum poultry feeding; using water for poultry farming that matches the qualities of potable water.
Applications under the two schemes can be filed from November 26 to December 7, 2012. Papers can be submitted at the regional directorates of State Fund Agriculture (SFA). The contracts will be signed and the payments made by December 14.
Meanwhile, between November 26 and December 12, the SFA regional directorates will be accepting applications for government aid to compensate farmers whose harvest was 100% destroyed by frost, flood o excessive humidity, storm and torrential rain, hailstorm and drought during the summer season.
Eligible for the subsidies will be physical and legal entities registered as agricultural producers. The aid will cover 60% of the actual costs for farming the specific crop during the respective business year. The subsidies will be only available for producers who have been issued protocols by the Agriculture and Forests district and municipal authorities certifying a 100% destroyed harvest. Farmers who have not insured their plots will be paid 50% of the aid. Damages caused by drought will be compensated with the full amount. Subsidies will be paid out to farmers’ bank accounts by December 20, 2012.